More than a year has flown by since the last exploration on the world of exceptional games. From revisiting the golden era of 16-bit RPGs to reimagining the classic game of chess in a modern roguelike format, this sequel post explores how these handpicked games can offer something unique to both new players and seasoned gamers.
Sea of Stars
Sea of Stars is a masterful ode to the golden age of 16-bit RPGs, evoking the spirit of classics like "Chrono Trigger" and "Super Mario RPG." It's more than just a nostalgia trip for those who cherished these titles; it's a modern reinterpretation that breathes new life into the genre. The story centers around Valere and Zale, Solstice Warriors wielding the powers of the moon and sun, in a quest against a formidable wizard. The game's turn-based combat system is refined and engaging, complemented by puzzle-solving elements and the ability to control up to six diverse characters. This game is a must-play for both veterans of the 16-bit era and newcomers eager to experience the magic of classic RPGs reimagined for today's gaming landscape. It's available on PC and multiple game systems.
"Mini Motorways" is a captivating puzzle game that masterfully blends strategy and simplicity. In this game, players take on the task of creating efficient road networks, connecting color-coded houses to matching shopping malls. The true challenge lies in managing the ever-increasing traffic, a nod to the real-world complexities of city planning. The game's minimalist design and straightforward mechanics evoke the nostalgia of early SimCity titles, yet it offers a uniquely streamlined and relaxing gameplay experience. Many players, like yourself, find joy in designing sprawling road systems to facilitate the flow of countless virtual commuters. Available on Steam and Apple Arcade, "Mini Motorways" is a delightful and engaging game for those who enjoy thoughtful, creative puzzle-solving in a casual gaming environment.
Souldiers is a standout title in the metroidvania genre, seamlessly blending elements from legendary games like "Metroid," "Zelda," "Castlevania," "Final Fantasy," "Dark Souls," and many others. Its retro-style aesthetic is coupled with challenging yet rewarding gameplay that strikes a satisfying balance for players. The game keeps things fresh with a diverse array of puzzles and a rich variety of mechanics. Players can choose from three different character classes, each offering a unique playstyle. The inclusion of a "New Game+" mode further enhances its replayability. For enthusiasts of this genre, "Souldiers" is an essential play, offering a deep and engaging experience that pays homage to its classic inspirations while carving out its own identity. It's available on PC and multiple game systems.
In the last few years, bullet hell games have seen quite a ressurgence. In this subgenre of the shoot'em up video games, players are expected to dodge a large number of projectiles. Archvale is a particularly good entry in this subgenre, offering a good balance of shooting and dodging. Set in a fantasy medival world, players use a combination of magic spells, bows and melee weapons to fight through hordes of foes, in their quest to collect all the pieces of the Archvale. It is important to note that this game is quite difficult, even on normal difficulty. However, at easy difficulty, completing the game remains a challenging yet sastifying experience. It's available on PC and multiple game systems.
Horizon Zero Dawn
With so many open-world games available, Horizon Zero Dawn distinguishes itself with its truly epic narrative and breathtaking visuals. In a gaming landscape often dominated by variations of the "Assassin's Creed" formula, it presents a fresh, compelling, living world. Players embark on a journey with Aloy, exploring a beautifully rendered post-apocalyptic landscape where nature intertwines with deadly robotic life forms. The game masterfully weaves its intricate story, leading to a deeply satisfying revelation of its underlying mysteries. Its combination of engaging storytelling, stunning graphics, and unique setting makes Horizon Zero Dawn an exceptional experience in the open-world genre. The game is available on Playstation and PC.
Have you ever wondered where the merchants in your favorite games get their wares? Moonlighter answers this question through the adventures of Will, a shopkeeper with ambitions beyond his small store. By day, Will runs his shop, selling items and managing resources in a bustling village. By night, he turns into a daring adventurer, delving into mysterious dungeons to battle monsters and collect treasures. These night-time expeditions aren't just for thrills; they're how Will stocks his shelves with exotic items to sell. Moonlighter cleverly combines shop management with exciting dungeon crawling, set in an enchanting pixel art world, offering players a unique twist on the traditional RPG experience. It's available on PC and multiple game systems.
Rogue Legacy 2
Rogue-like games, known for their ever-changing levels and permadeath, where you start over when you die, get a unique twist in "Rogue Legacy 2." This game stands out with its inheritance system. Each time you play, you're a new descendant of your previous character, each with distinct classes like the balanced Knight, the poweful Barbarian, or the unconventional Cook. These classes change how you tackle the game's well-crafted platforming challenges and engaging combat. "Rogue Legacy 2" offers a fresh, fun experience in the rogue-like genre, available on various platforms including PC and consoles, appealing to a wide range of players. It's available on PC and multiple game systems.
Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate
Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate" introduces a revolutionary twist to traditional chess, blending it with the unpredictability and challenge of a roguelike game.The game narrates the tale of a ruthless black king abandoned by his army. In a bold move to reclaim his kingdom, he arms himself with a pump shotgun to take on the white army. While the standard chess rules apply, the black king's ability to attack with his shotgun adds a dynamic layer to the gameplay. As the game progresses, the black king gains additional powers, but the challenge ramps up with more units joining the white army. These changes are randomized, ensuring that each game offers a fresh, unique experience. "Shotgun King" not only revitalizes the familiar game of chess but also provides a thrilling and strategic adventure for players seeking something beyond the conventional. It's available on PC and multiple game systems.